Sundiata: Lion King of Mali

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Clarion Books, 1992 - Juvenile Fiction - 32 pages
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The story of Sundiata, son of the king of Mali in the time of the great trading empires of Africa some eight hundred years ago, is a powerful tale of courage and determination. As a boy, Sundiata was unable to speak or walk. He overcame these obstacles, but was driven into exile by a rival queen. When Mali was overrun by intruders, 18-year-old Sundiata returned to defeat them and reclaim the throne. Full color.

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The interesting book, Sundiata: Lion King of Mali by David Wisniewski is a tale of bravery and courage. All of Sundiata’s life is crafted skillfully in this exciting tale. Sundiata expertly demonstrates a constant amount of courage, ambition, and solicitude. To start off, Sundiata shows off his courage in many ways. From standing up to tyrants like Sumanguru or fending off a brutal army. When he defended against Sumanguru’s army, he fought fiercely through the battlefield. Additionally, Sundiata stays focused and patient throughout his life. He always waited for the right time to strike. Instead of taking the throne by force, he won the people’s approval. Similarly, Sundiata shows he really cares for his family and his kingdom. When his mother was crying, he knew he had to do something. During the time Sumanguru was invading Mali, he answered the call of the people by defended Mali. Will Sundiata become the new ruler of Mali? Sundiata: Lion King of Mali is an incredible journey through Sundiata’s interesting life. This is Aris from the Jar of Creativity. 

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I really enjoyed this read this semester, it is a story about a ruler of Mali that although had physical limitations overcame his trials and tribulations. This is a great story for any child to read ... Read full review


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David Wisniewski (wiz-NESS-key) was born in Middlesex, England, in 1953. After training at Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, he spent three years as a clown, designing and constructing his own props, costumes, and gags. He was subsequently hired by his future wife, Donna, as a performer with a traveling puppet theatre. Married six months later, the Wisniewskis started their own troupe, Clarion Shadow Theatre, specializing in shadow puppetry. In the course of creating the plays, puppets, and projected scenery, Mr. Wisniewski evolved the storytelling techniques and art skills that eventually led to his picture books with their unique cut-paper illustrations. His retelling of GOLEM was awarded the 1997 Caldecott Medal. David Wisniewski died in 2002 in the Maryland home he shared with his wife and two children.

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